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Triple Gold Medal Award Winner garners Gary German Award...

The word enthusiastic describes this year's Gary German award winner. He was always willing to give 110%. He is truly a team player who enhanced the quality of the entire special Olympic team. He is a triple gold medal award winner in the Regionals, who did not get the opportunity to go to State.


Nevertheless, he is a true champion in the eyes of his coaches and team mates, which is why this year's award winner is none other than Charles ("Chuck") Nelson!


The City of Galva would like to personally thank Abilities Plus for allowing us to host their Award's Banquet in Wiley Park, with special thanks to the Galva Lion's Club for their service and continued support of the banquet. A few pictures of the winner can be seen below, followed by a slide show of some of the participants.


For more information about Abilities Plus, or to make a donation to this most excellent organization, please visit their Website.


Chuck Nelson at the 2015 Awards Banquet



Chuck Accepts His Award

Chuck Receives Award


Chuck Nelson Addresses the Crowd

Chuck Addresses the Crowd





Dignitaries to Attend Re-dedication...

On Friday October 2, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will rededicate the 1855 Dairy Building. The Dairy Building played an important role in the history of the Bishop Hill Colony, providing a variety of milk products for the entire colony.


Over the last several years, the BHHA, with the support of many individuals and organizations, have conducted extensive repair work to preserve this unique building for future generations. The work is now completed, and it is time to honor those organizations and groups that made this project possible.



The re-dedication ceremony will be located in the Conference Room of the Dairy Building. It will be an open house format from three to six p.m., with a formal ceremony beginning at four p.m.


At the formal ceremony, the following individuals will be speaking:

  • Don Collinson, general contractor for the project;
  • State Representative Donald Moffitt;
  • Barbro Osher, San Francisco's Honorary Consul General for Sweden;
  • Gerd Sjogren, Chicago's Honorary Consul General for Sweden; and
  • Goran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C.

A skit about Bishop Hill Colony marriages will also be performed by our Dairy Maids acting troupe.


Light refreshments, provided by BHHA volunteers, will be served immediately after the formal ceremony.


In addition, from three to six p.m. only, the Colony Store will also be having a sale on all their items, 10% off for all customers or 20% off if you are a BHHA member.


The public is invited to attend the re-dedication ceremony. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill, Illinois. For more details, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.

Fourth Annual Trivia Night...

Visitation Catholic Schools is hosting a "Trivia Night" competition on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 6:15 to 10:30 PM (doors open at 5:00 PM) in the Visitation Goetzman Gym located at 101 S. Lexington Ave., Kewanee, IL.Visitation Logo


The event will center on a trivia contest where teams of six to eight answer general trivia questions in various categories such as sports, television, and history.


It is open to the public ages 16 and above.


Snacks can be brought in but no outside beverages. Cash bar will be available during the event.


Door prizes will be given, 50/50 cash drawing, and a prize will awarded for the best decorated table for Halloween.


Teams can register by calling the Visitation Catholic School office at 309-856-7451 between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM Monday-Friday. The registration fee is $80 per team. Individuals are welcomed. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins may be accepted based on availability.


Team prizes will be awarded based on point total:

  1. 1st Place - $160,
  2. 2nd Place - $120
  3. 3rd Place - $80

Visitation Catholic School is a faith community established within the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and is a co-educational institution serving pre-school through eighth grades. We strive to develop the total person by providing a quality education in the context of Catholic values, which will serve as a foundation for the future of each student.

Community Health Needs Assessment...

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is now offering the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment Survey to residents of Henry County.


This survey helps us to plan and prioritize ways to address the unique health needs of the communities we serve.


We ask consumers to participate in the Community Health Needs Assessment so that we can identify the most pressing health needs facing individuals and families.


By participating in the Community Health Needs Assessment, consumers and community agencies can help OSF Saint Luke to improve the overall health of the communities we serve.


What is a Community Health Needs Assessment? As part of the new requirements for not-for-profit hospitals, every facility is required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years and put together a plan to meet the community needs that the assessment identifies.


Every community has different health care needs, including diabetes management, obesity and weight loss management, chronic illness, substance abuse, sexual health, and more. That's why our assessment team pulls together a broad set of health care consumers from each service area to help us identify the health needs of each individual community.


Click here NOW to help your community by participating in the survey!

Masonic Lodge Announces 8th Annual Scholarship Benefit...

Galva Masonic Lodge #243 announces that its 8th annual scholarship fund benefit will be held Saturday, September 19th at the Kewanee Dunes Golf Club located at 3536 Midland Road in Kewanee, IL.


Cost is $55.00 per person or $220.00 for a four-person team. The Lodge will place individuals on a team.


Highlights of the Event, the net proceeds of which benefit the Lodge's Scholarship Fund, are as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. check in and registration
  • 8:30 Shotgun Start - Preferred Ball
  • $15,000 cash Hole in One Prize
  • $55.00 per person includes green fees, cart rental and steak dinner
  • 50/50 raffle, door prizes and auction during lunch
  • Trophies for winning teams
  • Senior Team Division

To register, call Jim Kiley at (309) 932 - 2876 or Keith Engstrom at (309) 883 - 0829 (you may also register at the door on the day of the event).

American Legion Announces Two Events...

The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 13 September, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


They will be serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, milk and orange juice.


Pop and bottled water are available for an extra charge.


A donation of $6.00 is appreciated.


On 19 September, the Galva American Legion will sponsor a Texas Holdem Tournament at the Legion Building. Sign in starts at 5:00 p.m. and play will start at 6:00 p.m. The entry fee is $50 and one re-buy will be available for $25.00. Food and drink will be available.

Flying Geese Basketball Announces Flock and Roll Music Trivia Night...

Help the Geese fly South this winter to play in the Wally Keller Invite in Florida!


Trivia night is Saturday, 17 October at Kewanee Dunes. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. and the games begin at 7:00 p.m. Prior to the games, a Pre-event dinner will be served by the Wethersfield boy's basketball players from 4:00 - 5:45 p.m.*


The cost is $200 per team with a maximum of 8 people per team.


Money chances, raffles and games throughout the night and a silent auction featuring NASCAR and professional sports items will be held.


So come play 10 rounds of 10 songs featuring artists from the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. Show your prowess by naming the title and the artist.


For more information, or to register, contact Kelli Parsons by texting (309) 221 - 5201 or by Email at kellijparsons@yahoo.com.


*Pre-event dinner is a separate event


Download the official brochure by clicking on the brochure icon below:


Flying Geese Trivia Night Brochure


Murray Remembers Rich Falk...City Participates in Falk Fund raiser...

Like the rest of Galva, Jordan Murray is a Rich Falk fan and has tracked the gentleman-athlete's exploits since watching him practice basketball in Wiley Park. The following is from a draft of a forthcoming brochure about Galva's superstar as envisioned by our artist emeritus, Jordan Murray, and which will accompany the release of his tribute maquette of Mr. Falk. The maquette, which awaits finishing touches by the master and a fundraising to complete, is the fourth in a line of bronze tributes which Murray calls his "Heroes of Galva" series:


"Born to Don and Charlotte Falk of Bishop Hill, Rich was an honor student and was constantly practicing basketball. I remember his practicing basketball in Wily Park while he was a junior at Galva High and I was only in the 6th grade at Lincoln. He was remarkable as he was a star not only in basketball but as a quarterback in football and as an athlete in track. He was named to the second string western Illinois all-conference football team. Nonetheless, his shining glory was in basketball."


Murray continues: "Even in his sophomore year he scored 421 points, scored 637 points as a junior but in his senior year in 1959-60, he put up 833 points in 28 games for an average of 29.7 points per game. A remarkable feat as there wasn't a 3-point shot back then!"


Jordan works on Falk


Murray's clay study of Falk stands about 22" high and is to be cast in bronze with a 1/4" wall. When finished, the tribute will weigh about 40 pounds. Murray notes that Rich Falk was much admired for his six foot muscular frame and while in Galva sported a widows-peak hair line and flat top hair style that did nothing but add to his signature clean-cut image. Naturally, Murray's tribute will have Falk sporting his Galva basketball jersey, and when finished, the bronze will be supported by a hand-crafted custom base.


Murray and Falk


Murray anticipates that he will need about $5,000 dollars to finish the piece with the bulk of those funds going to the bronze and casting; and the City of Galva is proud to act as the agent for the requisite funds. Help us pay tribute to this hero of Galva and bring your donations by City Hall or drop them in the mail to us with a note that the money is to be used only for the Rich Falk tribute.


Jordan Murray in his studio

Murray in his studio



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Galva City Administration Building

P. O. 171

311 N.W. 4th Avenue, Suite B

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555 phone

(309) 932 - 3306 fax

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M,T,W,Th, F 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Galva Police Department

P. O. Box 1

210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 3720 phone (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

911 (emergency number only)

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Galva Fire Department

210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2114 phone (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

911 (emergency number only)

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City of Galva Freedom of Information Act Requests


In accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the City of Galva provides access to public records. To request public records, please call City Clerk Debbie VanWassenhove or simply mail or fax your request to the City Clerk using the contact information that follows:


Debbie VanWassenhove

City Clerk, City of Galva

311 N.W. 4th Avenue

P. O. Box 171

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555 phone

(309) 932 - 3306 fax



210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2890 (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

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Galva Street Department

Maintenance Yard

949 S. E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 3624 or for after hours emergencies (309) 932 - 3900

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Galva Water & Sewer

949 S. E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555 or for after hours emergencies (309) 932 - 3900

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Galva Freedom Fest Committee

311 N. W. 4th Avenue

P. O. Box 171

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555


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